I’ve had many good meals in my day, but I am happy to announce that Pizzeria Mozza is up there for one of the best. Located on Highland Avenue on the border of Hollywood and Hancock Park, this Mario Batali restaurant sits next to sister restaurant, Osteria Mozza, and is well deserving of all of its acclaim and attention. Yes the restaurant is, you guessed it, pizza-proud, but there are plenty of gluten free options to keep the NOBREAD crowd coming back in for more…
Expectations were high going into my dinner, as I’d heard rave reviews about the restaurant from my LA foodie friends. To start, you HAVE to order the cauliflower fritti. The cauliflower was dusted in rice flour and fried, and one of the best cauliflower dishes I’d ever had. If you are sensitive to cross contamination, note that the cauliflower shares the fryer with other breaded dishes, so sadly you would have to sit those out. Same goes for the squash blossoms and the fried potatoes. Next, I ordered the roasted carrots with ceci and cumin vinaigrette and prawns al forno. The carrots were delicious and incredibly flavorful, and they were dairy free too! The entire menu at Pizzeria looked so delicious, if only I wasn’t dining solo! For my next visit, I’m eyeing the baby romanesco al forno and brussels sprouts with prosciutto and nobreadcrumbs; both sounded incredible and I had major food envy as I saw them come out of the kitchen. Now to the pizza. Unfortunately, no gluten free pizza crust or bread is offered at Pizzeria Mozza, knocking the pizza and panini section off the menu, but all of the carne and insalate dishes were gluten free, so you wouldn’t miss those carbs!
DELICIOUS food, an amazingly nice staff, and a menu that caters to people with gluten allergies; I HIGHLY recommend you check out Pizzeria Mozza… now! I’m already looking forward to my next visit, and I refuse to leave LA without hitting Pizzeria’s fancier big-sister, Osteria Mozza, as I hear wonderful things about this restaurant too! See you soon!